Body Piercing Stretching with a Taper

There are various ways to stretch the piercing and if you are going to do it, you'd better consult your piercer or other professional on this question. First of all the process of stretching depends on the part of the body to stretch and the gauge size you have and want to achieve. Ear stretching is most widespread because earlobe piercing heals faster and the time between moving to the next gauge size is smaller than that of other piercings (for example, tongue or cartilage piercings). Here is some information about tools that will help you to stretch your piercing and the way you should use them.

Piercing taper is widely used for stretching. After your ear is completely healed and you feel your body is ready for stretching, you may start. Massage or soak your ear and then clean it. It's important to have enough lubricant (not too much and not too little). Spin the tip of the taper front 1/3 in anti-microbial soap. Then you should wipe off any excess globs on the glove's back. Push the taper into the piercing until it meets resistance and do it very gently. Then you should see how much taper is left and how much is through. The stretch will be fairly easy if the taper is more than half way through. If it is so, after a deep and slow breath push the taper through with exhale until about 1/4 inch is left only. You should feel some resistance and if not, if you feel no pressure and burning at all, you may probably move to the next size. But it's recommended to allow skin heal and thicken before stretching further in both cases. If just the tip of taper is in, you should breathe and while exhaling insert the jewelry supporting the surrounding tissue (like a new piercing). If the jewelry requires O-rings, place them onto the taper and push all the way down to the thickest taper's end. Make sure you have a good connection after placing that end up against the other jewelry's side and push O-ring onto the taper. It will be good for you to soak new stretched piercing in hot salt-water twice a day to help it heal and be healthy.

If you use ring expanding pliers, they should be taped with band-aides or simple tape to keep from scratching the inside of the ring. Gently open the ring to pull the bead out with ring expanding pliers and the ring won't change shape if the right amount of force is applied.
All piercing supplies and tools you use should be clean and sterile. And proper aftercare should be taken. The larger the piercing holes, the more moisture, dust, dead skin and bacteria may collect there. To clean it, you should take the jewelry out, wash it and your skin with anti-bacterial soap and thoroughly dry it. If there is some bleeding, you might tear the piercing during stretching. Soak your piercing in warm non-iodized salt water for several days. Do it until piercing is better.
There is a wide choice of large gauge piercing jewelry nowadays, so you can choose almost any design, material, shape, style and gauge size you need. Be careful with your piercing and be patient during stretching.